Sengoku Raiden Championships, the promotion formerly known as World Victory Road, but which I refer to affectionately as "The Japanese Strikeforce" because it consistently plays second-banana to DREAM, hosted its first event under the SRC banner late last night. The fights will be replayed on HDNet this coming Friday (March 12th) at 7:00pm/PST and again at midnight on that same evening. For those of you attending Nanaimo's King Of The Cage: Uprising II show that night, there is another replay scheduled for next Saturday at 1:00pm/PST.
From all accounts, it was a pretty decent night of fights with SRC Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago (22-8) redeeming himself from a recent disappointing non-title loss, Akihiro Gono (32-15-7) continuing his resurgence by running his winning streak to three, and the quick statement knockouts by a pair of SRC title contenders: lightweight Maximo Blanco (5-2-1) and featherweight Marlon Sandro (19-1).
Jorge Santiago def. Mamed Khalidov by Unanimous Decision [To Retain SRC Middleweight Title]
Akihiro Gono def. Diego Gonzalez by Unanimous Decision
Maximo Blanco def. Chang Hyun "Armbar" Kim by KO, Rd. 1
Marlon Sandro def. Tomonari Kanomata by KO, Rd. 1
Yoshihiro "KISS" Nakao def. Henry "Sentoryu" Miller by TKO, Rd. 2
Yuji Hoshino def. Nick Denis [CAN] by Submission (Guillotine), Rd. 2
Leonardo Santos def. Kiuma Kunioku by Submission (RNC), Rd. 1
Shigeki Osawa Def. Kyung Ho Kang by Unanimous Decision